Thank you so much for all your insights and suggestions. I should have shared my purpose of this series which is to ultimately look for solutions to this problem and provide people with strategies and tools that they can take back to their workplace. In this first cafe, I was wanting to get a picture of what a bully-free environment would look like (we have an accepted definition of bullying so we all start from the same point). We would then build solutions and tools from this vision. Participants in prior cafes will continue to receive updated information. I will clarify all this and post to the Needs Forum.
I agree with making the question personal. My team and I will give that more thought. Thanks again!
Thank you for your welcome and words of wisdom! I am excited about using this process in my work to eliminating workplace bullying. I plan to host my first event in early December - What is one thing you wish you had known before hosting your own first event?
2. Regarding my work. I would say it is evolving. I hold an MFA in Educational Theatre. My focus has been using drama as a tool for integrating critical thinking and creative problem solving into educational curriculums. Two years ago I was blessed to train at Trinity College in Dublin. I learned that much of what I do is directly connected to the Drama in Education initiatives in the UK and Ireland. That being said, I am keenly interested in using drama, story, and the arts for community engagement and revitalization. I am current ast. prof. of theatre and the arts engagement coordinator. I find myself in the process "what's next"?? I am working with a variety of community agencies and planning to develop some story circles very soon. I am interested in story (and arts) as a catalyst for change as well as a way to allow people to share and connect. I hope to do this through 1. Our Town's Stories Project (I gained some insight into this when I visited Vermont and connected with a Heart and Sole project with the Orton Foundation) 2. Transformational Language Arts 3. I am becoming a certified "muse facilitator" and 4. Lenawee Out Loud - A monthly storytelling event held throughout the county - I am in preparation of launching this ASAP. I have decided that I need to just jump in with the idea of story and mull around in the process. I connected with Satori Shakur from Detroit (Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers) and she said -- GFI!! So, short story made long (lol).......... here I am on your page, making connections, and figuring it out!! Cheers!! Joni BTW: I teach/work in Adrian Michigan and live in the beautiful Irish Hills. Exhausted yet??
I've had participants in master's level graduate seminars host World Cafes as part of their course work (also did it once with an undergraduate group). One of my current students, Elizabeth Nissly, joined this WC online community earlier in semester. I was thrilled, as she was, to learn some World Café work is going on in Burnsville, NC, now. Eager to learn more. Peaceably, Marsha Lee (Baker)
thanks for you warm welcome. I have been learning a lot with this tool. I teach at a MBA program and we used the The World Cafe to design a marketing plan. It was such a rich experience! I am very excited about this community. cheers